Gemma Wade: Fashion Designer 

Finding her passion at a young age; Gemma Wade, 21, has been working towards a career in fashion from very early on.

Growing up in Spalding, Lincolnshire, Gemma packed up and moved to HuddeScreen Shot 2016-03-02 at 20.56.48.pngrsfield to start her degree in Fashion design with Marketing and promotions at the University of Huddersfield.

“I have always been interested in anything fashion related from a young age… i love designers such as Mary Katrantzou and Holly Fulton as they always produce such beautiful collections from season to season.”

As like a lot of young people these days, Gemma is driven by the thought of succeeding. “I always want to try and be successful in what i do and so i always push myself to try harder.”

“I hate the thought of failing.”

For her final year of university, Gemma is currently in the process of designing a fashion collection.

Inspired by the architecture and interior details you would find in english royal palaces and stately homes, Gemma says ‘I hope my collection turns out to be the vision i have in my head, which sometimes can be hard to produce when we have to logically pattern cut the garment in 2D to get the 3D product.’

“I hope i’ll be proud of what the collection is and not hate it because I’ve seen it too much!”

Looking at Gemma’s designs so far, the collection is filled with intricate patterns and intriguing shapes that can take you from one aspect of the design to another. The colours reflect those of what you would find in stately homes; Blacks, deep and royal blues which are complimented by metallic golds.

Taking inspiration from many different parts of her life, Gemma says, “It’s hard to pin point exactly where and how i find inspiration because it can be different for every project… Sometimes i will find an image on ‘Pinterest’ that i find interesting which i will look further into and develop an idea. Other times i will go somewhere and love the architecture of a particular style or city and take inspiration from that.”

The process of creating a collection (especially one with a strict deadline) can be daunting and exhausting. Fashion design students have it tough when creating their final collections as they are really thrown in at the deep end.

Being inspired, researching, illustrating, designing, designing some more, pattern cutting again and again and putting everything together to create a final collection is handwork and a challenge for such young designers however Gemma thrives from the challenge of the technical elements involved.

“Pattern cutting can be really hard work because it can be really technical… But i like it! I feel good once i have completed the pattern and it actually works!”

“I love seeing designs come together to form a collection especially when we manufacture a design and it goes perfectly”

With anything taken on in life there can always been moments of self doubt, “I know that before I started my degree I was worried that I wasn’t good enough for the course but don’t worry because you develop over the years and there is a big difference now from where I started in first year. Just enjoy yourself and take every opportunity you can. A course that offers a placement year is a bonus because I took a placement year and I learnt so much and I feel that it has prepared me for final year and when I work in industry.”

During Gemma’s own placement year, she was given the opportunity to work a s a junior knitwear designer supplying to high street brands. Over the year Gemma not only learned invaluable knowledge, she also had one of her own designs supplied to Sainsbury’s own fashion brand ‘TU’.


Here at The Arts Platform, we look forward to catching up with Gemma in a couple of months to see how her collection is doing.

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Fay Eve Richardson: Fashion Designer


Fay Eve Richardson,21, is an enthusiastic and exceptionally talented young fashion designer with dreams of making her way into the fashion industry within the next 5 years.


12274625_1029555703775329_7665648775034733027_n.jpgNewcastle born; Fay made her way down to Yorkshire to pursue her career in fashion. Starting at the University of Huddersfield, just over three years ago, Fay is going into her final and most intensive year of her ‘Fashion design with Marketing and Production’ course. After learning and absorbing as much as she can from her first three years; One of which was a placement year which she spent at Me & Thee, a womenswear design company, where she was an intern design assistant. Fay is now starting her final year fashion collection, which will include 12 pieces of which she must create 3 outfits from.

From an early age Fay knew she would go into fashion, “I was 7, when I announced to my mother’s work colleagues that my tights ‘were in fact mustard’ coloured instead of yellow, that I needed to work in the fashion industry at some point in my life.”

At high school, she was introduced to another side of fashion. Studying textiles at both GCSE and A level, Fay says, “I excelled more in practical classes where I was able to work innovatively as opposed to the academic subjects like maths and science.”

As Fay progressed through to higher levels, she was exposed to many different aspects; such as research, design and manufacturing. Not put off by the high intensity that fashion is, Fay went on to university where she continued her fashion journey.

When discussing her fashion career, Fay refers back to how when she was younger she would help style her mother.

“My family, without a doubt is my everyday inspiration. I am so lucky to have such a positive and supportive family that love me limitlessly. My parents are there for me 24/7 and I don’t think I would be in the position that I am today, if it wasn’t for their constant affection and provision. I am proud to be their daughter.”

They have been her ‘Solid ground’ when her work has been successful and when things have gone wrong they have helped pick up the pieces.

For her final fashion collection; 12 pieces must be designed out of which 3 outfits must be created. “I want my collection to be a successful high end contemporary collection, with elements of technology, pops of colour and contrasting fabrics and shapes including elements reflective of my personality and interests.

“Living on the coast inspired me for this collection. After struggling with anxiety and low self esteem, I found comfort in long walks along the beach; the sound of the waves soothed my mind and lifted spirits as they crashed on the shore. There’s something about the beach that creates a sense of being, you begin to notice the life that is living alongside you. The coast is an inspirational place for me; the colours, textures and shapes created as a result of nature and science feed my creative mind.”


“I was also inspired by a picture I saw in the independent magazine about microscopic seawater. The intricate creatures and minute life forms that cannot be seen by the human eye stimulated ideas for shape and print.”


Above you will see Fay’s mood-board she is using for inspiration for her collection.

As a design student, Fay says, she finds inspiration in the outside world and in exhibitions of relevance in order to be inspired by a secondary source.

After 2 long years of gruelling hard work; Fay has come out on the other side of it, as an inspiring young designer.

“Do not restrict yourself and work hard from the very beginning! First year results may not count but the knowledge and skills learnt are crucial.” She advises young aspiring fashion enthusiasts.

Fay is currently in the process of collating research, inspiration and designs for her final collection.

Check back soon for an update on Fay’s progress and her fashion journey. Next time we look forward to viewing her collection.

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